Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr has labeled comparisons with Conor McGregor as “disrespectful” following the Irishman’s historic win over Eddie Alvarez at the UFC 205 on Saturday (12 November), which saw him become the first fighter in Ultimate Fighting Championship to hold two titles simultaneously.
The five-division world champion, who has a 49-0 win/loss record including 26 KO’s, made it clear that he will not entertain comparisons with McGregor, after a reporter referred to him as the “Mayweather of MMA”. The American boxer, who has previously stated his intention to fight McGregor, compared the UFC featherweight and lightweight champion to an “ant” while labeling himself an “elephant”.
Mayweather Jr popularly known as Money also questioned the UFC superstar’s monetary achievements during his career. The 39-year-old boxer was named the highest paid athlete by Forbes magazine in three of the last four years between 2012-15.
“If you say he’s the Floyd Mayweather of MMA, then I’m trying to find out. Has he ever made $300million in one night? $100m in one night? $70m in one night?” Mayweather said, as quoted by the Mirror.
“I’m a legend, a living legend; to the sport of boxing I gave years and years of hard work; there was blood, sweat and tears. Conor McGregor can go out there and do what he wants to do, but comparing Conor McGregor to me, it’s a total disrespect,” the five-division world champion explained.